Fake ATO Email Links to Malware - New Scam Alert

By Emmanuel Marshall on 17 January 2018 16:56:19 AEDT

MailGuard has intercepted a new zero-day email scam. The messages are using fake branding of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and request the recipient to fill in a linked ‘tax form.’

The link in these messages is actually pointing to a JavaScript malware file in a .zip archive.

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Fake AGL Disconnection Notice - New Email Scam

By Emmanuel Marshall on 09 January 2018 16:00:54 AEDT

MailGuard has detected a new email scam today using fake AGL Energy branding.

Some effort has gone into making this malicious email convincing enough to deceive victims; the design is well executed as you can see in the screenshot above, with sophisticated text and graphical content, that makes it look a lot like a genuine AGL communication.

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Second Criminal-Intent Email Purporting to be Xero ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 27 December 2017 13:13:30 AEDT

Cybercriminals don’t take vacations; MailGuard intercepted a large-scale email scam this morning, pretending to contain a Xero branded invoice.

The criminals behind this scam are leveraging the trust users place in the Xero brand to try and get people to open a malware file attachment. 

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Aust Post, Energy Aust and CityLink Scams - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 15 December 2017 15:24:03 AEDT

This has been a big week for email scams. We've detected and stopped malicious emails brandjacking Australia Post, Energy Australia, CityLink and MYOB. The internet's criminal element seem to be ramping up their efforts for the approaching holiday season. This is an especially hectic time of year for most of us, and scammers want to catch us when we're busy and stressed out

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Cyber-Monday, Black-Friday… Hunting Season for Scammers

By Emmanuel Marshall on 24 November 2017 15:25:11 AEDT

The holiday season is boom-time for online commerce. This is a busy time of year for all of us and I find myself thinking ‘wow, I’m so glad I live in the internet era; at least I can indulge my retail addiction in cyberspace rather than elbowing my way through crowds to get at the shiny consumer goods I crave.

‘Black Friday’; ‘Cyber Monday’; it’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and give my credit card a walloping. It’s all a lot of fun (especially getting outrageously cool electronic gadgets for the kids x-mas pressies) but… I need to sound a note of caution:

holiday-season is hunting season for email scammers.

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GDPR + NDB: Tough Cybersecurity Laws - Weekly ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 17 November 2017 15:27:11 AEDT


It's been a non-stop week at MailGuard with multiple brandjacking, phishing and malware scams detected and blocked by our threat detection engines.

Our CEO, Craig McDonald wrote an insightful article for the blog on Monday explaining the potential impact of the new EU's GDPR regime. Craig will be speaking at the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Western Australia next week, discussing the challenges cybersecurity presents to business leaders.

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Scammers Going After Your Login Info - Threat Update

By Emmanuel Marshall on 16 November 2017 14:51:47 AEDT


This morning MailGuard detected a new phishing email using a fake message pretending to be from telecommunications company Vocus.

The initial contact with the intended victim is an email which asks them to advise the payment status of an ‘attached invoice.’

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This ‘Invoice’ Could be Very Costly Indeed - Scam Alert

By Emmanuel Marshall on 15 November 2017 15:53:08 AEDT

Over the last 24 hours, MailGuard has intercepted a generic malicious email attack that has a link to a malware file disguised in a Word document.

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New NDB Data-Security Regime: Is Your Business Ready?

By Emmanuel Marshall on 14 November 2017 16:26:27 AEDT

Thanks to the global online marketplace, businesses can find customers, manage workforces and accept payments more easily than ever before.

Australians are embracing the internet as a place to do business in record numbers and that’s great news, as long as everything works smoothly. Email, e-commerce and cloud storage platforms have become the foundation of day-to-day business activity, but they also create opportunities for infiltration and fraud. The problem that businesses face, trading online, is the risk of data breaches; valuable information falling into the wrong hands.

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New Email Scam: Fake Microsoft Website Designed to ...

By Emmanuel Marshall on 30 October 2017 17:58:03 AEDT


In the early hours of this morning a new email phishing scam emerged, impersonating Microsoft Office 365. 

The attack consists of a deceptively simple HTML email message, telling the recipient that their email account is over quota and that they need to upgrade their plan.

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